“This level of accomplishment would be rare in a more seasoned artist, but in a debutant it is quite breathtaking” (*****) – R2 Magazine
“There’s a sensitivity to Allman Brown’s work that feels all too rare” – CLASH
“Brown’s appeal is evident via his emotionally charged vocals and thoughtful lyrics” – PopMatters
“Dust & Heat” is the latest single to be taken from UK singer-songwriter Allman Brown’s second album Darling, It’ll Be Alright, which was released on 10th May 2019. Produced by Ian Barter (Dermot Kennedy, Izzy Bizzu), it’s an acoustic pop number which showcases Brown’s preternatural vocal talent and way with an attention-grabbing chorus.
Speaking of the new album, Brown says: “It’s a really positive record. The world is in a state these days but there are still incredible things happening. A lot of people are speaking out and coming together, there’s this counterforce to the endless tide of negativity we see every day. I wanted to feed into that, offer my own counterweight. So this record is about reassurance, about me putting some positive energy into the world.”
The single and album come off the back of a whirlwind two years for Brown. Since releasing his debut album 1000 Years in February 2017, he has toured relentlessly around the globe (UK, Europe, North America and Asia) and amassed over 110 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music combined. Previous single ‘Sweetest Thing’ alone recently surpassed 47 million streams on Spotify, as well as receiving support from BBC Introducing in London and BBC Radio 2.
In May 2019, Brown completed his second North American headline tour (15 dates), before flying back home to open for Dido at her first dates in the UK and Ireland for 15 years. This led to him being invited to perform a BBC Radio 2 live session with Michael Ball on 2nd June, and the subsequent playlisiting of “Dust & Heat” on 20th July.
All this is in addition to regular placements on US and UK television: Brown’s songs have provided the soundtrack to shows such as The Good Doctor, Criminal Minds, Suits, Hollyoaks, Made In Chelsea and most recently the current season of ITV’s Love Island.
“With the quality of the writing and performance on offer from Paula, there is nothing that can stop her…” – Irish Music Magazine
“Irish Singer/Songwriter Paula Ryan is a unique voice in the contemporary folk world….. Insanely Talented……. Enchanting…. Humourous…Catchy…. Heartfelt… Well Honed…. Crafted….Music which will bring joy to all who hear it.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“….really powerful….what song-writing is about, making you think”Fatea
In her superb new album titled ‘TURAS CUMADÓIR’, Paula Ryan, compelling singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Tipperary in Ireland, entices us to join her enthralling “songwriter’s journey” (translated from the Gaelic language album title) through a musical landscape filled with an outstanding repertoire of potent, perceptive, self-penned songs, which are beautifully arranged and performed.
As with Paula’s highly acclaimed previous album “Let Me Fly”, TURAS CUMADÓIR is a relative rarity nowadays – a solo album in the true sense! Resisting the trend towards guru producers, in addition to writing all 12 tracks on the album, amazingly Paula has single-handedly created all the wonderful arrangements. In performance of this impressive collection of highly original songs, Paula uses a fascinating variety of instruments (Marimba, Bazouki, Guitar, Bodhran, Saxophone, Low Whistle etc.) to accompany her distinctive warm skilful lead vocals which are ornamented by glorious, adeptly crafted, harmonies.
The album opens with “Vision” – an inspiring call, with a blues tinged folk feel, to “open our eyes” both literally and figuratively. Raise Our Voice continues in similar vein lyrically encouraging us to reach out across the world in an upbeat peace anthem which was the Winner of the prestigious Peace Song Prize at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, one of the UK’s top folk festivals. The inventiveness of the instrumentation used by Paula on the album is exemplified by “Garryroe”, an ode of longing for one’s childhood home and memories of times gone by and people passed on. The rhythmic hard wood tones of the Marimba and the tantalising finger-picked guitar cradle the voice and the words deftly throughout the song’s contemplation of a past that has gone forever. However we are not to be mournful too long as with some very adroit Bodhran playing and joyous vocals Paula banishes any lingering woes with the gleeful “You Make Me Laugh”.
What is remarkable about this album is that within it one can find the most gentle tender love song such as “All I Wanna Do Is Hear Your Voice” alongside the stark lament-like “Caught In A Trap”, the most enthralling story song such as “Only A Cabinet Maker”, the most fun-loving tongue-in-cheek serenade to her “Handsome Irish Man”, the pleading cry for release from broken relationship in “I Just Wanna Let Go” and the universal celebration of the simple benefits and joys of music and singing in “Sing For Today” – all equally well written, sensitively performed and beautifully arranged.
Paula strives not to be confined by the boundaries of any particular musical style or genre and seeks to continually expand her musical horizons. Just as with many of the greatest songwriters (Springsteen, Mitchell, Dylan, Cohen, Morrison etc….), she also accepts no limits in terms of topics which can, and indeed should, be tackled by the songwriter. From the sublime to the ridiculous, it’s all just waiting to be put in a song!
With the stunning and hauntingly evocative closing track on the album – “O My Blue Eyed One”, Paula shows that she has the ability to capture real life moments and experiences with imaginative melody and ingenious lyrics. This song also demonstrates that Paula has the character to empathise and the craftsmanship as a songwriter to impart a viewpoint in song in a way which strikes a chord with listeners, prompts reflection, may pose questions and raise challenges but always ‘makes something magical happen’ for listener and singer alike. Even on first hearing of “O My Blue Eyed One” it is patently obvious why this song was nominated as Track/Song of the year by the highly respected Fatea, one of the UK’s leading acoustic music magazines.
Paula Ryan’s music cannot be fixed in a specific genre, you always hear the Irish roots, but she includes all kinds of influences from other cultures. It is rare to find an entirely solo produced album as diversified, innovative, well-crafted and wonderfully presented as Turas Cumadóir.
Knockanstockan’s diverse musical line-up was accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year despite the weather, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms.
Each new addition to the festival was a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation. And over the course of the weekend the stats saw over 500,000 music lovers across Twitter and Instagram revel in the excitement of a shared musical experience.
Press raved about the festival over the weekend too:
Overall, with music as diverse as its audience, Knockanstockan was a complete joy. No matter who and what you are, in the end, feeling free to be yourself is the most important thing. Seldom is this more apparent than at this beautiful little festival. We’ll be back! – HOTPRESS
Some even stated a hard obvious truth…. 😉
2019 will be remembered as a phenomenal year for fans of Irish music with so many genres showing substantial growth and development. Hype has been reverberating throughout the whole scene but too often these acts that are doing so well are overlooked by festival line-ups. This year, Knockanstockan is an exception to that rule with the entire line-up feeling like a homage to Irish growth.Boasting a line-up that incorporates the vast range of sounds on display in Ireland’s musical canon right now, Knockanstockan 2019 is admirable in its dedication to eclecticism and musical inclusivity and makes itself a fore-runner as one of the country’s best mid-sized festivals.– The Thin Air
With the reach and buzz over the weekend of the festival hitting over 500,000 across social platforms, it is a clear indication that the Irish Music Scene is as vibrant and epic as it’s ever been and that indeed Knockanstockan is as vital to delivering this message. But hey! Let us look back at some of our favourite Top 3 moments of Knockanstockan 2019!!
Mango X Mathaman delivered an incredible set that set the festival goers on top form!
Seorsia Jack AKA ‘Sia Babez’ is an Irish/Zimbabwean solo female artist, born in 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. Fast gaining a reputation in the music industry as being an exceptionally talented singer/songwriter, Sia has been working diligently on her new and upcoming EP ‘Inception‘ which has been garnering the attention of various Grammy nominated Music Producers, A&R Executives and Management companies in both USA, UK, Europe and Africa. Her single ‘Hit My Line’ has just been released alongside an official music video:
Sia began singing at the age of 2 with her influences ranging from Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Cher, Beyonce, Bob Marley and Bobby Brown to name but a few. Her passion for music lead her to write from the age of 9. She later took up drama school and music: piano, violin, vocal coaching along with choreography to develop her talents and pursue her dream of being a performer.
As a writer and artist her relatable lyrics, strong singing ability and cultural background has allowed her to diversify her sound to create an aesthetically pleasing, commercial RnB/Pop identity under the guise Sia Babez. Through the use of her active growing social media presence, Sia has managed to get noticed by various music industry tycoons and fans all over the world.
Check Sia Babez out, to see what all the hype is really about, you’ll soon agree that this is an emerging act that is ready to make her stamp on the Global music scene.
We have been waiting patiently all year for this week to arrive and are ecstatic it’s finally here! We have loads to tell you in this Newsletter, big news being we are releasing more Campervans and Sunday Day tickets, details below.
We are most excited to have your wonderful new map Illustrated by an artist who has played KnockanStockan many times, Sarah McQuillan/FlyBird Design. Sarah’s love of the festival poured out of her pencil here and we adore it! <3 <3
Debuting at this year’s KnockanStockan, Muthering Heights is the place to BE YOU! A flamboyantly fun, eccentric craic emporium where all dreamers and soul searchers are invited to come and express themselves. You can purchase your KnockanStockan keep-bottle as well as tees and much much more! Full Progamme Below!
Our Guilt You Green Policy can be found on our website. These are the water flasks you can purchase at Muthering Heights for €10
MORE CAMPERVAN TICKETS!
We have managed to squeeze a bit more space in the field this year to make an extra 15 Campervan tickets available! You, our subscribers, are the first to get this information so grab em quick while you can! Go here
SUNDAY DAY TICKETS BACK ON SALE!
Due to popular demand we have released more Sunday day tickets for those of you who just can’t live without KS and can’t make it on the Friday & Saturday !
Last chance to buy your boutique camping experience with Silk Road Tents as they close tomorrow! They have luxury Bell Tents, Yurts and Tipis available. Have a gander
Tired of carrying bags of ice to and from your tent? Leave that to us. Swap your warm cans of Carlsberg and Carlsberg Unfiltered for chilled one’s and head off to enjoy the festival thanks to the Carlsberg Cool Cans pop up, appearing for the first time at this year’s KnockanStockan festival.
ENTER THE KNOCK OUT GAMES!
Enter your team of 5 into the The Knock Out Games! An area that is a purpose built arena that will host a series of games and competitions all weekend while raising funds for The Scoop Foundation
To enter it is €10 per team member for a team of 5, all proceeds go to The Scoop Foundation. There will be a leaderboard and the two teams at the top of the table will go into a Knock Out on Sunday for a finale show. Over €1000 worth of prizes up for grabs!!
“Cat’s voice is sublime. She can reach emotional depths and expression most of us can only dream of. We are blessed”. -Ger Mc Donnell
Cat Lundy, a 60’s, blues-inspired storyteller. With raw, unapologetic emotion, she delivers her truth. Her debut album 9 Lives is influenced by love, heartbreak and relationships. A classically trained vocalist from the Royal Academy of Music, and a self-taught guitarist, she has performed her original songs in venues in London, New York’s ‘The Bitter End’ (where she had a residency) and Los Angeles’ ‘House of Blues’.
Cat finished recording her debut album with producer Ger Mc Donnell in 2018. Ger has worked with artists such as U2, Kasabian, The Cure and Martha Wainwright…to name a few.
What Cat has to say about music:“I believe music can change the world around us, even if it is for just three and a half minutes”
She has supported Fantastic Negrito, American Grammy winner on his Irish tour; ‘…. Cat has it all, she has the goods’ – Fantastic Negrito 2019. She has been described from reviews as “a breath of fresh air, she is sweet, salty and a first-class storyteller.” “Vocally she is smooth as honey.”
On Burn, Cat says “Burn is a song about feeling complete emptiness after a lost and toxic love. The song is cathartic and
is a message to people that you can liberate yourself from all ties to the past. Personal belongings and money mean very little. To escape unscathed is a triumph and the human heart is stronger than we can comprehend’.
Cat’s influences include Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff
Buckley, Ray Charles, Ray Lamontagne & Amy Winehouse.
Cat controls each song from the start to finish. She is effortless and cool and knows how to lure her listeners in. You can hear a pin drop as she holds her audience spellbound. The brand new single ‘Burn’ is off her forthcoming studio album is out Aug 30th.
Daytona Rose who hails from Dublin, Ireland but resides in NYC has just announced her brand new DOUBLE A single ‘Done Up’ &’ Joyride’ out Aug 30th.
From a young age it was evident that she loved to sing, from performing at a wedding at the age of 4 when she was flower-girl to performing solo a few years later at the the Late Late Toy Show with the National Choir.
A trained classical pianist completing all of her grades through the Royal Irish Academy of music, Daytona went on to attend the infamous Rock College in Ballyfermot, Dublin. There she learned to write songs and hone her performance craft.
Unsurprisingly, she was then chosen to do an exchange program in The Pop Academy, Hammelburg, Germany. Which set the precipice for an International music journey which would see her travel all over the world developing her music including Dubai, LA, London and where she currently resides – New York City.
For many aspiring artists alike, New York is the place to be, and it was in New York where she started recording and collaborating with some big writers such as Kevin Mc Call who is behind Chris Brown -Deuces / Stripped, Lil Eddie who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Autumn Rowe who is a vocal coach on the USA X Factor & Americas Got Talent.
Daytona is heavily inspired by peers such as Rita Ora, Jess Glyne, Little Mix, Anne Marie and Bebe Rexha. You can join over 10,000 people who are following Daytona on her journey over on her Instagram!
Following Davie’s recent number 1, Fire and Gold, he hits the road with Dermot Cullen and Davy Ryan for a series on intimate dates around Ireland,(Full dates listed below). The finishing touches are currently being done to Davie’s new album, which is due for release in March 2020, preceding that a new track just went out to Irish radio titled ‘Just Like The Wind’.
Fureys’ debut album ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ was very well received in audiences across the country having been showcased by RTE, BBC Radio both home and abroad, resulting in a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music. Nominated three years in a row by The Pure M Awards, for Best Newcomer, Best Male Artist and Best Irish Solo Act. Davie’s knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have resulted in many sold out shows on his previous tours.
Be sure to check out Davie while he is on the road!
Response from peers for Furey’s debut album: Easy Come Easy Go
“I LOVE this album from Davie” – Jeremy Irons
“Congratulations Davie on a lovely album …….a fine, fine record” – Christy Moore
“An excellent piece of work from Davie” – Donovan
“An excellently produced album with very dramatic songs. Definitely one to watch out for!!” – Phil Coulter
“Loved this album. Davie has a very unique voice and will gather a large following very quickly” – Jimmy McCarthy
“Davie sings from the heart and has the voice of a poet” – Luka Bloom
Friday Aug 2nd Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Laois
Saturday Aug 3rd Bob’s Hideout (Ella Dempsey Fundraiser), Durrow, Laois
Thursday Aug 8th Clonmel Busking Festival, The Coachman, Clonmel
Friday Aug 9th The Stormy Teacup, Limerick City
Saturday Aug 10th JJ Harlows, Roscommon
Sunday Aug 11th Hacketts, Kilkenny City
Thursday Aug 15th Summer in the City, Central Arts, Waterford City
Friday Aug 16th Mother Reilly’s, Rathmines, Dublin
Saturday Aug 17th P Clarke’s, Navan, Meath
Friday Aug 23rd Clock Tavern, Westport, Mayo
Saturday Aug 24th Balor Arts Theatre, Ballybofey, Donegal
Meath man Pauly Fagan grew up in Navan, with a family of music lovers and musicians. Greatly influenced by his parent’s passion for the arts and music, he and all of his brothers were trained to play instruments and also how to read music from the tender age of 4. His unique voice and harmonies win people over wherever he goes. Word of mouth endorsement from those who have seen Pauly perform live has come from Ireland to as far as Canada where he wrote his last release ‘It’s What You Got’ which garnered over 1 million impacts across Irish radio, from BBC, Rte Radio 1 and many Regional Radio Stations.
Citing his influences Paulo Nutini, Tracy Chapman, the Beatles and Joe Cocker on this new release ‘Wake Me’, he pays homage to laid back attitudes of The Beach Boys, Jack Johnson and Brett Dennen. His panache in songwriting surprises many as he writes song after song as he is often inspired by the world around him and love; won, lost and observed.
A gentle, sweet song about finding your true love, ‘Wake Me’ is about the moment you were caught off guard not expecting to find the love of your life. Pauly wrote the song as a reflection of his own experience when he was surprised that one day out‐of‐the‐blue he met and fell in love with a woman he knew right away would be the love of his life. “You never know what’s around the corner, do ya?” In Pauly’s case, it was not being worried about the future if you are with the one you love. He recorded a few versions but kept coming back to the acoustic version to keep the message and vibe simple and pure… like true love.
A talented diverse musician and singer, Pauly plays guitar, piano, tin whistle, trumpet, the Flugelhorn and the French horn. At the age of 12 he enrolled in one of the most musical secondary schools in the country and became a full-time student and border at St. Finnian’s College, Mullingar Co. West Meath. This was where he started to really develop as a musician. Under the supervision of Mr Shane Brennan he was trained how to use his vocal gift to its full potential and sang as a tenor in the school choir for 5 years.
Post school, Pauly paid his dues playing in various venues around Ireland before moving to Canada to give being a full time musician a go. Within a few short months of being there he began recording his own music in EMAC Studios, one of the leading recording studios in Ontario.
He returned to Ireland and his beloved family in April 2012. Finding Ireland still having tough economic times, he returned to Canada for a while performing and traveling but his heart belonged to Ireland. He made the move home for good, and focused on his music at home.
‘Wake Me’ was recorded and mixed in Abbey Lane studios in Drogheda, Co Louth with Fran McDermot and Eric Sharpe on production with Pauly and his musical comrade Zeto Feijão Mackenzie. It was Mastered by Fergal Davis. It is released July 25th.
Hailing from Dublin and the New York music scene the transatlantic band RUN iN RED have released two EPs to date: ‘The Revelled Theory Mind’ in 2017 and ‘Undercover Overthrown’ last September to critical acclaim from Rte2fm, Fm104 to the BBC and more. The band cite influences from Wilco, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews band & Frightened Rabbit.
Honing their live skills on the Dublin circuit RUN iN RED have been described as ‘urgency transcribed into music and deliver indie rock through a wall of harmonic layers and musical dynamics. They have graced the stages of various Venues and Festivals in Ireland such as The Olympia, The Academy, Sea Sessions, Indiependence (with Bastille, Mumford & Sons and Aslan) and have just announced a National and International Tour in Ireland, the US and UK which kicked off in June 2019.
Their brand new single ‘Dirty Spirits Design’ is now available on spotify and they are currently in pre-production to begin recording their debut album. In the interim you can catch them live at any of the dates listed below!